Re-municipalization of public services: Trend or hype?

Judith Clifton*, Mildred E. Warner, Raymond Gradus, Germà Bel

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Re-municipalization is part of a broader set of reverse privatization reforms. We argue the term re-municipalization lacks conceptual clarity, confusing municipal level reversals from national ones, new service delivery from reversals, and mixed market positions from full public control. This conceptual confusion makes measurement of re-municipalization difficult. While more case studies are being discovered, quantitative time series studies do not show remunicipalization is increasing. Much case study based research argues
remunicipalization is politically transformative, but quantitative research generally finds re-municipalization to be part of a pragmatic market management process, a position confirmed by the papers in this special issue.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)293–304
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Economic Policy Reform
Issue number3
Early online date21 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2021


  • Public Services
  • Re-municipalization
  • Reverse privatization


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